UPSC issues notification for Civil Services Examination and IFS

UPSC-CDS-II-Admit-Card-2015The Union Public Service Commission has released notification for civil services

examination and Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination 2016.

All the aspirants will get only six attempts to clear the examination, except for ST/SC, this

policy will not be applicable. The age limit is 32 years except for SC/ ST the age limit is 37

years and number of attempts is unlimited.

Candidates can apply online by visiting the official website of UPSC. May 27, 2016 is the last

date for filing the application.

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational qualification:

A degree of graduation in any stream from any university recognised by University Grants

Commission (UGC) is required. Those who have appeared and are awaiting results can also

apply. Provided they submit the certificate of qualification along with the mark sheet to the

UPSC before the main exam.

Indian Forest Services (IFS) Interested candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree with

one compulsory subject, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science/ Botany/ Chemistry/

Geology/ Mathematics/ Physics/ Statistics or Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/

Forestry/ Engineering from a recognised institute/ university. Those appearing for their

degree examination can also apply.

Interested candidates can apply on

1,079 vacant posts in various government services will be filled through this exam.

Important Dates:

Last date for filling the application; May 27, 2016

Date of Preliminary exam: August 7, 2016.

Main Examination: December, 2016

Housing Co-founder launches education start up

Advitijya Sharma, who was a housing co-founder has quit the real estate portal and has

launched an education start-up, Genius which is backed by Genius Learning Labs Pvt. Ltd. It

is going to offer software for neighbourhood tutors to make learning more effective.

Genius is supposed to provide software to neighbourhood tutors to adapt to each single

child’s learning abilities. It has planned to reach 800 teachers and 8,000 students in five

metros in next six months. Based on the concept of San Francisco based AltSchool, it will

cater to school children from kindergarten to Class VIII. The content that this software will

provide will offer lesson plans in mathematics, science and English.

It will be launched in country’s top five metros initially.

Genius will have to compete with Vidyanext, FlipClass and Tiger Global-backed Vedantu

Innovations Pvt. Ltd. Which provide home tutors with similar software.

RRB NTPC Examination tests and centres rescheduled

RRB-NON-TECHRailway Recruitment Control Board has announced a new schedule for online exams for

Non Popular Technical Categories (NTPC) (CEN-03/2015).

The Examination will now be conducted on May 2 and May 3rd, 2016.

Six centres have been blacklisted following reports of cheating and violation of rules.

The candidates will receive SMS/email alerts of rescheduling. The aspirants are required to

download new admit card from the official website of RRB.

About 9.3 lakh candidates have applied for 18252 non-technical popular categories.

Delhi Government issues fresh instructions on EWS admissions to private schools

delhi govtThe Delhi government has issued fresh instructions to school managements of private

schools and directed them to strictly comply with it.

The schools were told to submit the data of all the admissions made under the EWS

category and it was revealed that some of the private unaided recognised schools were not

giving admissions to the extent of 20 per cent ( as mandated ) to the Economically Weaker

Section (EWS) children.

The new notification states:

 That the schools must maintain proper records and registers including student

admission and withdrawal register, student attendance etc. For students admitted

under EWS/DG category no tuition fees can be charged and if not so then the school

is supposed to refund the same immediately under proper intimation to the

Directorate of Education (DOE).

 The schools are required to provide free books, school uniforms and writing material

to each and every student admitted under EWS/DG category. Income certificate

issued by the competent authority declaring the total annual family income less than

Rs. 1 Lakh is valid document for admission whether in the name of mother or father

of the child.

Around 300 schools were identified as defaulters for not sharing the status of

admissions. The admission process which started from January 1 was scheduled to end

up by March 31. But the process is still continuing.

Results of IIT JEE (Main) 2016 declared

jeeThe results of IIT-Joint entrance examination will be announced on April 27, 2016. It is

expected that approximately 12 lakh students appeared for the Main offline paper I and

paper II that was held on April 3, 2016 and online paper I and paper II held on April 9 and 10

respectively. JEE Main exam scores form the basis on which admission to NIT’s, IIT’s and

other centrally funded technical institutes.

Those who are able to clear the exam will qualify to appear for JEE (Advanced), the next

level of the exam scheduled to be conducted on May 22, 2016. The registration for the JEE

Advanced exam will commence from April 29 and conclude on April 4, 2016.

Steps to check the results:

 Visit the official website or

 Click on the link ‘JEE Main 2016 Results’

 Enter application number, date of birth and name

 Click Submit

 After submitting results will be displayed

 Students are advised to take a printout and save a copy of the result.

96.59% of students clear the Kerala SSLC exam

SSLCThe results of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations in Kerala have been declared.

96.59% of the students who appeared for the exam have cleared the examination. This percentage is 2per

cent lower than the last year’s (98.59%). The examination was conducted from March 9 to March 28, 2016

across 2,903 centres in the state of Kerala.

The number of students who have secured A Plus in all the subjects is 22,879. Pathanamthitta district has

the highest pass percentage and Wayanad district has secured the lowest pass percentage. 1,207 schools

have registered 100% pass percentage.

The results can be accessed from

Examinations for Save A Year (SAY) will be held from May 23 to 27, 2016. The certificates will be delivered

at the examination centres by fourth week of May, 2016.

Steps to check the results:

  • Visit the main website
  • Search for ‘Kerala SSLC Results’
  • Click on the button and a new window will appear.
  • Fill in your details with Roll Number and Date of Birth
  • Tap the Submit button
  • Result will appear in a new window
  • Take a print-out or save it for future reference.

A Common Entrance test for All Medical Exams

Medical entranceThere will be a common all-India medical entrance test for admissions to MBBS and BDS

courses. Multiple tests will give way to the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for

admission to private and Government medical/dental colleges for the current (2016-17)


NEET was declared illegal and unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013, was restored

on April 11, 2016 after a five –judge Constitutional bench allowed the Centre and Medical

Council of India (MCI) to implement the common entrance test.

A lot of students appear for various medical entrance examinations in more than 400

colleges and there are more than 52,000 seats available for MBBS courses.

This implementation is likely to put a curb on the amount of money a student has to shell out

in taking an examination. It is believed that a student spends about a lakh of rupees in taking

an examination.

Proposed schedule of the examination to be conducted will be submitted to the court


UPSC delays the release of official notification on IAS/IFS

431582-upscThe Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has delayed the release of official notification

for IAS/IFS examination that was scheduled to be conducted on August 7, 2016.

The candidates are advised to keep visiting the official website for

registration process.

The registration will start from May 20, 2016. The aspirants are required to submit their

applications on the same day.

There would be three levels of the examination.

 Preliminary exam

 Main exam

 Personality test.

All the aspirants will get only six attempts to clear the examination, except for ST/SC, this

policy will not be applicable.

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational qualification:

Indian Forest Services (IFS) Interested candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree with

one compulsory subject, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science/ Botany/ Chemistry/

Geology/ Mathematics/ Physics/ Statistics or Zoology Or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/

Forestry/ Engineering from a recognised institute/ university. Those appearing for their

degree examination can also apply.

Indian Administrative Services (IAS):

All those who are citizens of India are eligible to apply. Aspirants who belong to Nepal, or

Bhutan or Tibetan refugees and immigrants with Indian origin can also apply only if they are

able to produce a certificate of eligibility that has been issued by the government of India.

Important Dates:

IAS/IFS examination August 7, 2016.

Admit Cards of MHCET to be available from April 25 ’16

MH-CET-Medical-2016-ADMIT-CARDThe Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHCET) 2016, admit cards will be available from

April 25, 2016. Those who have registered for the same can download it from the official

website The exam will be held on May 5, 2016.

The government of Maharashtra conducts the test for admission to first year of full time

degree courses of Health Sciences (MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BPTh, BOTh, BASLP,

BP&O and BSc. Nursing, B.V.Sc & AH) and Technical Education ( engineering and

technology, Pharmacy, and Pharm. D) for the academic year 2016-2017.

Steps to download the admit card:

– Visit the official website,
– Click on to the link ‘CET 2016 Hall Ticket’
– Enter the required details like application number, date of birth
– Submit
– Your admit card will be displayed on the screen.
– Download and take a printout for future reference
The paper will consist of 200 multiple choice questions. There would be three papers and

each paper will consist of 100 questions. The duration of each paper will be 90 minutes (1 ½

hours). There will no negative marking for incorrect answers. The exam will be conducted in

English, Marathi or Urdu language. Mathematics paper will be framed in English language


Important dates:

Date of availability of admit cards: April 25, 2016

Date of Common Entrance Test: May 5, 2016

Declaration of result: June 1, 2016

No Weight Age of class 12 Marks in JEE 2017 – (Its Possible Impact on Students)

Marks in Class XII will not be a considerable factor in JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) in rankings for admissions in engineering undergraduate courses from 2017. This declaration has been made by HRD Ministry.
This decision has been made after examining the Ashok Mishra Committee’s report and giving due consideration to public feedback. Recently, MHRD has decided to introduce few changes in the pattern of JEE for 2017.

The present system of JEE selection involves 40% weightage to Class XII marks in order to determine ranks in JEE.


It’s Application and implications:


1)    Class XII scores will play a significant parameter, but only for determining the eligibility criteria for JEE exam.

2)    To qualify for appearing in exam, students need to either achieve at least 75 per cent marks or atleast in top 20 percentile in 12th class board examination.

3)    SC, ST students are exempted and re required to score atleast 65 per cent marks.

4)    There is another change in JEE structure. It includes setting up of a National Testing Service to conduct tests to shortlist about four lakh students for the exam.

The Answer Key of IIT JEE (Main) Released

The answer key of IIT JEE (Main) examination, 2016 has been released unofficially. Answer key of all the sets along with the question paper have been released online.

Checking the answers marked in OMR sheet / computer can be helpful for candidates to analyses their performance in in the exam.

CBSE is expected to release the answer keys of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Mains) on April 18, 2016.

Candidates who have appeared for the pen and paper based exam can check the OMR answer sheet of JEE Main 2016 from April 18 to April 22, 2016.

The answer keys of JEE Main 2016 for all the sets have been published by various coaching institutes can only be used for reference. CBSE will issue the official keys in accordance with its calendar of events.

Nearly 12 lakh students appeared for the exam in both Paper-1 and Paper -2. The final scores will be announced on April 27, 2016.

It is advisable that the candidates to keep visiting the site to remain updated.

SBI Issues Notification for Recruitment of Clerks

The State Bank of India has released the notification for recruitment to the post of clerks in State Bank of India. It will be recruiting personnel for Junior Associate (Customer Support & Sales) ii Junior Agricultural Associates in clerical cadre. It also includes special recruitment drive for i) Tura (Meghalaya) and Kashmir Valley and Ladakh and special recruitment drive for filling up of backlog vacancies in respect SC/ ST/OBC/PWD and Ex-Servicemen.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The candidates should be graduates in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification as recognised by the Central government.
  • Those who are in the final year of graduation can also apply on the condition tht they are able to give a proof of their passing graduation before 30.06.16.
  • Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) Certificate should ensure that their date of passing is on or before 30.06.2016

Age Criteria

Candidates should not be less than 20 years and more than 28 years on 01.04.2016

The candidates should not be born before 02.04.1988 And later than 01.04.1996 (both the days inclusive)

All those who are eligible and interested can apply online from April 05, 2016 to April 25, 2016.

Selection Procedure:

There are three stages of selection. They are:

  • Online written examination
  • Verification of documents
  • Personal interview

Important dates:

  • Online registration of application begins- April 05, 2016
  • Last date for online registration- April 25, 2016
  • Date of closure for editing application details- April 25, 2016
  • Date of payment of fee- April 05 to April 25, 2016
  • Last date for printing application – May 10, 2016
  • Online written exam- May-June 2016
  • Declaration of result- July 2016

Candidates are advised to visit the official website to view the notification in detail.

Ministry of HRD Issues a list of Best Universities and Institutes of India

The National Institutions Ranking Framework (NIRF) has announced a list of best universities and institutes in the fields of Engineering, Management and Pharmacy in India.

Best Engineering Colleges-It has ranked Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras the best institute for engineering. The Indian Institutes of Technology have occupied all the top ten positions in the engineering category announced by the government. Apart from six old IIT’s that made it to the list, there were four new ones; Ropar, Gandhi nagar, Patna and Hyderabad that made it to the top ten list.

Management- The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Bangalore has been rated as the   best for Management studies in India. It has placed IIM- Ahmedabad at the second place. IIM-Kolkata at the third rank and IIM-Lucknow has been placed at the fourth position. IMI, New Delhi is the highest ranked institute among the other institutes: it has been ranked at the seventh place followed by the Indian Institute of Forest Management and Department of Management Studies at the IIT-Kanpur and IIM Indore

Pharmacy – Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the best institute for learning pharmacy. University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandīgarh ranks second and Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi at the third place.

University:- The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is rated the best and is followed by the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. Jawaharlal University (JNU) is rated the third and Central University of Hyderabad is placed at the fourth position.

The ranking has been done on the basis of the survey done among the students, alumni, parents, employees and the public. The criteria of ratings were the learning resources, graduation results and research.

The NIRF included 3,500 institutions in the four categories: university, engineering, pharmacy and management.


In the face of its students being charges for sedition, the number of people applying to various courses in Jawaharlal University (JNU) has decreased from 79,000 to 76,000. This year over 76,000 applications were received for admission this year as compared to 79,000 received previous year.

As per the data of the university’s admission department, 76,091applications have been received for the 2,700 seats available for the undergraduate, master and research programmes. The entrance exams will be held next month.

It is believed that the decline has been due to the university been caught up in a controversy involving hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were raised.

Jamia Milia Islamia Introduces Nine New Courses

Jamia Milia Islamia has decided to introduce nine new courses in Arab-Islamic Culture, Chinese language, Social Inclusion and Social Inclusion Policy among others from the 2016-17 academic sessions.

These courses will be MA Politics, International and Area Studies, MA Arab-Islamic Culture, M.Tech Computer Engineering, M.Tech Electronics and Communications Engineering, MA Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy.

Apart from the above the other new courses would be Certificate in Chinese Language (Part time), Diploma in Chinese Language (Part-time) Intensive Diploma in Chinese Language and BA LLB (Hons) (Self-financed).

The university will conduct a common entrance test for admission to diploma courses (Regular and Self-Financed) of University Polytechnic, Faculty of Engineering and Technology.

BA with Computer Application (BACA) course has been merged with BA Programme.

It should be noted that the University is conducting admission to its various undergraduate and post graduate courses. The applicants need to apply online on or before April 21, 2016.

IBPS Announces Results of CWE SO-V

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has announced the results of CWE- Specialist Officers-V. Those who appeared for the exam can check their results from the official website i.e.

The IBPS CWE SO-V was held on January 3 and January 4, 2016. The exams comprised of five sections, namely, Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability Test, General Awareness Test and Computer Knowledge.


Steps to check the results:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click the link’ Click here to view your scores of candidates shortlisted for interview for CWE-SPL-V
  • Enter the registration number or roll number and password/date of birth.
  • After submitting the above details, results will be displayed on the screen. Candidates are advised to take a print out for future reference.

It should be noted that selection will be done on the basis the candidate’s performance in the preliminary examination, main examination and interview. The shortlisted candidates will be appointed in any of the participating banks.

Chemistry Paper of Class XII Leaked Twice in Karnataka

The Chemistry paper of Class XII was leaked in Karnataka, which has led to the cancellation of the examination.

It is the second time within a span of ten days the II year pre-university (PU) Chemistry paper has been leaked. The Chemistry examination was scheduled to be held on March 31, 2016 but owing to the leakage of question paper, the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) has cancelled the exam. Earlier the exam was scheduled to be held on March 21, 2016 but hit had to be cancelled after the question paper was reportedly leaked just a few hours before the commencement of the examination.

The paper leak has taken place in two different locations in the state affecting over 1.74 lakh PUC (Pre-University Course) students. Those who are appearing for the common entrance test have been especially affected as their regular examinations are still incomplete.

The State government had handed over the investigation to the CID.

The government has now decided to conduct the examination for the third time on April 12, 2016.